MERSEYSIDE’S Police Commissioner has joined calls for greater protection for shopworkers as she met retail staff to listen to their concerns.
New laws came into force in Scotland last week which make assaulting or abusing retail staff a standalone offence, but moves to bring the same protection in across the UK have so far failed.
Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell echoed the calls of retail trade union Usdaw and the British Retail Consortium, (BRC) urging the UK government to follow the Scottish example and introduce similar protections across the rest of the UK as she met a group of staff working at a Co-op store in Liverpool to listen to their experiences.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Shopkeepers and workers provide a vital service to our communities. That has never been more apparent than this year, when during the pandemic they helped to keep the country running, providing essential supplies and human interaction for people who may otherwise have been isolated and struggling. Despite that, incidents of abuse and violence have continued to increase.
“Nobody should go to work fearing violence, threats or abuse. The impact of criminal attacks on these premises can be huge and have significant long-term effect on both employees and businesses.”